I am lucky to live close to the river; and when I say close, I mean it: 167 steps total. Yes, I've done my counting! I see the Vistula every day and enjoy the view. Whenever I look at the stream I see the past with a beach sprawling below the Wawel Hill, people wearing retro swimsuits, beach volleyball players enjoying the game, and giggling kids dabbling in water. Perhaps the day will come when I can spread my blanket on the sand and put my feet in the crystal clear river.